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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Linguistics The study or science of meaning in language.
  • n. Linguistics The study of relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent. Also called semasiology.
  • n. The meaning or the interpretation of a word, sentence, or other language form: We're basically agreed; let's not quibble over semantics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A branch of linguistics studying the meaning of words.
  • n. The study of the relationship between words and their meanings.
  • n. The individual meanings of words, as opposed to the overall meaning of a passage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the study of the meanings of words and of the sense development of words; -- formerly called semasiology.
  • a doctrine and philosophical approach to language and its relationship to thought and behavior, developed by Alfred Korzybski (1879-1950), which holds that the capacity to express ideas and thereby improve one's interaction with others and one's environment is enhanced by training in the more critical use of words and other symbols; -- also called general semantics.
  • the meanings of words as they are used to achieve an effect; especially, the multiple meanings of words or the multiplicity of words having the same meaning; -- used in referring to the confusion that can be caused (intentionally or unintentionally) by multiple meanings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of philology which is concerned with the meanings of words and the development of meanings; semasiology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the study of language meaning
  • n. the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text

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